The work of coach Lucien Favre at Borussia Dortmund is increasingly endangered after a Lionel Messi gala. The kriselnde Bundesliga club lost Wednesday against the Spanish champion FC Barcelona 1: 3 (0: 2) and threatens to lose the knockout stages in the Champions League. For Favre, it is therefore approaching, after the criticisms in the last few weeks had already increased significantly. While Barca made progress in Messi's 700th competitive match, the decision for BVB is only in the last game of 10 December against Slavia Prague. The BVB also relies on the Barcelona contactors in the Inter game.
If Favre will still sit on the bench, it seems questionable. "Words alone do not help, now we need the performance and the right results", said sporting director Michael Zorc, the gravity of the situation. Another defeat against Hertha BSC on Saturday, Favre can't afford more after last time in the league at Bayern (0: 4) and against SC Paderborn (3: 3 ) alarming apparitions.
In Barcelona, Luis Suárez (29), Lionel Messi (33) and Antoine Griezmann (67) sealed the well-deserved BVB defeat to 90 071 spectators at the Camp Nou. Jadon Sancho's (77) Dortmund's goal was too small. The difference was once again made by Messi, who was involved in almost all of his activities during his anniversary. Goals from Suárez and Griezmann brought the Argentine specimen to Messi's second goal after overcoming his congenial partner from Uruguay himself: he was already his 609th goal in the Blaugrana shirt. As a result, the genius was celebrated with the number ten.
Extra role for the Dortmunder
To the Dortmund return team too often only the role of the extras has remained. Even the former world champion Mats Hummels did not have his best day. The second objective was initiated by the defender with a capital failure.
It started very promising for BVB. After an error in the former Schalke Ivan Rakitic Achraf Hakimi marched towards Barca-Tor and resisted after a good minute for Nico Schulz. His shot was canceled, but the French world champion Samuel Umtiti on the line for the beaten German national goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen. Hakimi joined the team instead of the weak international Englishman Jadon Sancho. "We need players on the field who are focused and ready," Favre explained his personal decision.
After the first BVB exclamation mark, the event quickly moved to the other half. At 22nd Westphalia he was fortunate that Suarez was offside when he scored. Of course the passport was interpreted by Messi. But seven minutes later, the video referee no longer helped.
At the time, the former Dortmunder Ousmane Dembélé was no longer in play. The Frenchman, who had once moved to Barcelona, was injured after a duel with Raphael Guerreiro (25). Griezmann came into play, which was not a real weakening of the hosts.
Messi decides the game
Griezmann could have clarified immediately after the restart when he failed to pass Messi to Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Bürki (46). Shortly afterwards Messi was in the spotlight again, but in a negative way: the superstar took care of swallowing the yellow card.
And the BVB? The Dortmund was not beaten and also had a great opportunity from Julian Brandt, as ter Stegen parried strongly (61.). But soon the game was decided. Messi, who even won head fights in the Dortmund penalty area, prepared the ball well for Griezmann. Another goal by Messi prevented the crossbar.